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Green Tea Tiramisu

Green Tea Tiramisu

We all know and love the regular Italian version of this delicious cheese dessert. But what happens when they add a very Japanese twist to it? Mascarpone cheese with green tea flakes? It doesn't sound too appetizing, but this amazing culinary miscalculation matched up two very different dishes and created a surprisingly delicious dessert with plenty of wa - or harmony. Never thought of your puddings like that before, I'm sure. Here's a list of some restaurants where you can try this concoction, all offering a great regular Japanese meal to precede it. Julia Peterson

Shinobutei
Most tables are secluded, making this classy place perfect for a romantic evening. Their green tea tiramisu is made from cream cheese and milk, topped with sweet red bean paste and whipped cream - a naughty twist that makes the dish unique. JY480.
Open 5pm-4am. Sunday/holidays 5-11pm. Fukuryu Bldg B1, 1-14-10 Ebisu Minami, Shibuya-ku (03-5768-6678). Nearest stn: Ebisu.

Wainosuke
Serving mostly Italian dishes with a touch of Japanese interpretation, Wainosuke's tiramisu is a very well blended Italian and Japanese taste where the sponge cake is made with green tea liquor and Malsala sake, giving the dessert a nice little kick. JY580.
Open 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm. Closed Sundays/holidays. 3-23-1 Shinbashi, Minato-ku (03-3459-9022). Nearest stn: Shimbashi.

Sumika
This branch of a small Japanese restaurant chain is tucked away on a little side street just off of Koto Dori in Minami Aoyama. It specializes in chicken and vegetables, and they do an awesome tori-sasami with yuzu-wasabi paste. After the meal, their green tea tiramisu, which they claim they were the first to create three whole years ago, is delightful. Using green tea from Shizuoka, the taste is delicate, yet retains the cheesy aroma that tiramisu should have. JY680.
Open 11:30am-3pm, 5:30-11pm daily. 5-11-24 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku (03-5468-3115). Nearest stn: Omotesando.



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